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Book Review: Once Upon A River

Ten years ago, after I had completed my first year of college, I was lost. Major was still undecided, I was heartbroken over a boy, and sure as was not happy with my finals. I was feeling especially down as my roommates packed their bags to fly home to their families for the holidays. However, […]

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Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

“She was certainly slow … but also it was quite lovely.. She considered the pace of her life. The world had begun to move faster and faster over the last decade. People spoke faster, drove faster, walked faster. Everyone was in a rush. Everyone was busy. Everyone demanded their gratification instantly.”  Nine Perfect Strangers is […]

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Book Review: A Thousand Miles to Freedom

“North Korea has become a true hell on hearth, forgotten by the rest of the world. Even South Koreans, who share the same blood heritage, seem to have forgotten about the plight of their northern counterparts. At times, I feel overwhelmed by this sense of helplessness, by the feeling that there is nothing I can […]

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Book Review: Last Year in Havana

Synopsis from the book: Havana, 1958: The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen year old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest- until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary Miami, 2017:  Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic […]

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Favorite Diverse Books

Along with a few bookstagram friends, I started an online bookclub called Words Between Worlds (IG @words.between.worlds)! I’m going to dedicate an entire post for our bookclub soon! 🙂 I’ve always been an advocate for diverse literature, not only because I’m ethnically a minority, but also because I have a congenital heart condition. I’ve always […]

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February 2018 TBR

I know I’m a week late, ‘but I decided I’m going to start documenting my monthly TBRs. I had to remind myself of the reason I read. Yes, reading is fun. But, I mostly read to learn. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends ; they are the most accessible and wisest counselors, […]

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Book Review: Snow Falling on Cedars

A Bookstagram friend of mine @direads was kind enough to send me a copy of Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. Then a few of us decided to do a buddy read. When I learned it was about a Japanese-American being (wrongly) accused of a murder mostly due to his ethnicity, I agreed in […]

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Book Review: As Bright as Heaven

My January BOTM  pick was “As Bright As Heaven” by Susan Meissner. I mostly chose it because my dear friend Stacey is a judge for Book of the Month and it was her selection! Once I saw her name, I chose the book in a heartbeat. You can check out her blog and review of the […]

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Why Representation in Literature Matters

I grew up as the daughter of immigrants in a small white town in northern Utah that, according to Wikipedia, was 94% White in 1990. Though most of my childhood memories are happy ones that include luscious green grass, Aggie ice-cream (Aggie Blue Mint is the best!), Gossner’s cheese factory, and Pepperidge farm house cookies, […]

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Recap of 2017: Book Flops

It pains me to write this post, but don’t worry, I will be writing a post about my favorite books next. Negative reviews about books. WHAT? But, some books (see below) left a bad taste in my mouth. So, let’s take a look of my least favorite books I read in 2017: #5. Turtles All […]

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